We love Jewellery! Better yet we love New Zealand made jewellery! Louise Douglas is a maker and designer of beautiful jewellery, from Nelson, New Zealand.
Her pieces are delicate yet durable and lovingly made with careful attention to detail.
We caught up with Louise to ask her a few questions about her work and life as a creative woman.
I love teal the colour of the ocean and deep green. Actually, I love all the jewel colours!
Cats or dogs?
Dogs.. the medium sized scruffy ones. I had a border terrier for 9 years!
Coffee or tea?
Love tea, can only drink decaf coffee or else I crash!
How do you feel about mornings?
I love mornings but have like to have the best of both worlds and stay up late!
designing and making jewellery? How did you discover the art form?
I started when I was 18, selling to design stores and boutiques in Wellington. So that’s
over 20 years! I went on to work as a designer in NYC and was hooked from then on!
My Grandmother and Mother always loved jewellery and pretty objects and I guess they
passed their passion on to me.
Were you always creative growing up?
Yes, I was always crafting as a kid. I would plan my whole school holidays around some
new craft project. I loved making Xmas gifts for all my family right down to handmade
wrapping paper and cards. So yes, I am a craft geek from way back!
How do you think being a creative woman has influenced your life?
For me creativity is essential for my well-being, it’s the key to my happiness. I am very
lucky to have been able to always make a living using creativity.. but I also enjoy the
business side of owning a jewellery company.. I like the challenge it brings.
By the very nature of the form, it touches people. When it is worn, a person can feel it on
their skin, they can also sense the maker's empathy and compassion. Jewellery is also a
tangible symbol that can hold memories and love.
I believe jewellery can make woman feel beautiful and special, while also connecting them
to the beauty in nature that surrounds them."
What inspires your work?
Nature - always nature.
I also draw influence from classic victorian and art nouveau jewellery, with my own modern
twist. I like playing with the relationship between beauty and decay, encouraging the
viewer to appreciate natureʼs subtle imperfections.
What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't designing jewellery?
I think I would be painting or making some kind of art! I like to abstract paint in my free
time.. when I have it free time that is!!